I loved my first meeting as a member of Executive Council for the Episcopal Church. There’s a lot of work to be done. I now have a whole room-full of new friends, and a dramatically increased work list!
The Episcopal flag that flew at Standing Rock was important because it represents solidarity with Native Americans who are protesting the construction of a pipeline that would disturb sacred burial grounds and their water supply. A number of flags from many countries and organizations have flown at Standing Rock to show support. The wind is significant there, hence the tattered flag. It was present at all our meetings, and at the Eucharist at Christ Church where it was incorporated into the sermon, and draped it on the altar. The Rev. John Floberg finally presented to the Episcopal Church Archives for posterity.
And when the PB preached at historic Christ Church, he raised the roof, in spite of still getting over a cold!
In the absence of Diane Butler (member from Albuquerque), the chair of Governance and Administration for Mission, Dr. Fredrica Thompsett, asked me to serve as Secretary Pro-Tem of that Committee, which I did.
We had a presentation on digital evangelism, which was fabulous.
We spent half a day at 815 (The Episcopal Church Center in New York City). We spent a lot of time with staff and got a full tour of the building. The day ended with a reception in the PB’s residence – very cool. From his balcony you see the United Nations building looking one way, and the Chrysler Building looking the other! Awesome.
There’s a new Episcopal Church website coming – should be up before our diocesan convention – keep checking.
Call me a church geek, but I was jazzed!
As the autumn season begins, many church—and personal—schedules begin to fill up. Days grow shorter and the list of to-do’s only increase as we inch towards forthcoming holidays. Costumes to be made, goodies to bake, presents to be purchased and so on. Considering the busy-ness of the next few months as we approach Advent, here […]
Shortly after the resurrection, Jesus was walking down a long road when he ran into two strangers. These strangers did not recognize Jesus. How could they? Jesus had died, been buried, and, just hours earlier, risen from the dead. The stunning story of Christ’s death had spread, and these two travelers did not yet believe […]
For five days in late May of this year, I had the privilege of gathering with other seminarians at the annual Preaching in Excellence conference hosted by the Episcopal Preaching Foundation (EPF). For 35 years, the EPF has been educating Episcopal seminarians and clergy on the benefits of great preaching. Four of my fellow Sewanee […]